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Purdue holds 50th anniversary celebration of Apollo 11 moon landing

People gathered at Purdue University today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 4:14 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Festivities kicked off at 9 Saturday morning with Apollo in the archives.

There was a showing of an Armstrong documentary in Loeb Playhouse.

People could also celebrate with a special Apollo 50th anniversary ice cream.

A flyover was given as a celebration of the visual elements of the lunar landing.

According to Purdue University News Service, fifty years ago Armstrong along with command module pilot Buzz Aldrin spent several hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting rocks and photographing the historic event.

Organizer Stephanie Mckinley said people should be reminded of the impact Neil Armstrong had on the world.

"This is arguably the most, one of the most significant accomplishments to mankind, for Purdue, the United States. It's a really big accomplishment," said Mckinley. 

There was a second showing of the documentary "Armstrong" Saturday night at 7 in the Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

Mckinley said the footage shown in the documentary are never before seen videos of Neil Armstrong and behind the scene footage of his family. 

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